Qatar plans infrastructure projects ahead of 2022 World Cup
Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Dec 2010
Qatar's win as the 2022 World Cup host will boost the oil-rich state's economy

In preparation for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar plans to more than double the number of hotel rooms, build nine stadiums and refurbish three others, in addition to constructing a rail and metro network, Bloomberg reported.

Qatar plans to spend $4 billion on a stadium construction and refurbishment programme. The rail and metro networks are expected to cost more than $25 billion. In addition, there are plans to build the longest bridge in the world that will connect the tiny oil-rich State with nearby Kingdom Bahrain. A new airport is also under construction, and is expected to be operational next year.

Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup is expected to boost the country's economy, diversifying its investments and increasing spending on non-hydrocarbon sectors, in particular infrastructure, construction and manufacturing, reports say. Increased government spending will help maintain Qatar's annual growth forecast of 15 per cent in 2010 and 16 per cent in 2011.